Our tours clearly revolve around snorkeling on some of the most beautiful reefs on the planet. Each day our snorkeling sessions expose our guests to some of the coolest, most beautiful, and most colorful marine life in the world. With this tour to Sri Lanka, however, we are clearly going for a new angle: The BIGGEST marine animals in the world!
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and now officially as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is located in the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of India and north of the Maldives. It has a rich history with human settlements that date back to over 100,000 years ago. Civilizations throughout the modern ages revolved around a Buddhist life-style with great works of architecture, such as Sigiriya and the Avukana Buddha statue. Today, the independent nation is still largely Buddhist and has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The waters around Sri Lanka are home to dozens of species of marine mammals including spinner dolphins, bottle nose dolphins, melon-headed whales, orca, humpback whales, sperm whales and the largest animal ever to roam the planet: The blue whale! And what’s more exciting than see them frolic in the water while onboard our boat? Leaving our boat for the chance to snorkel with them in their natural environment! Whether it’s the blue whale, orca, or spinner dolphins, we are going to snorkel with them and hope to make that special underwater connection with our cousins in the sea.
We begin our snorkeling tour to see the largest marine animals, with a land tour to see some of the largest terrestrial animals, Sri Lankan elephants! Sri Lanka is home to over 5000 native elephants—they are a subspecies of the Asian elephant. During the months of September and October, hundreds of elephants gather at Minneriya National Park for what scientists described as the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Our tour coincides with this event and we will stay near the park in luxury 5-star tented accommodations, to have the chance to observe this and many of the other incredible wildlife that thrives there. Wilpattu National Park is located close to Minneriya N.P. and we will spend a day visiting Wilpattu for the chance to see the Sri Lankan leopard as well as many of the other wildlife like the Sri Lankan sloth bear, elephants, water buffalo, and barking deer. For the avid birdwatcher, this is a special bonus as many of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds can be found in both of these remarkable parks;